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this is bbc news, the headlines: the child of shamima begum, the british teenager who joined welcome to bbc news, the islamic state group, has died in syria. a paramedic told the bbc broadcasting to viewers in north america that the child died and around the globe. from a lung infection. my name is lewis vaughanjones. ms begum had hope to return our top stories: to britain but was stripped of her citizenship. the american actor, the child of shamima begum, jussie smollett, faces new charges the british teenager who joined following claims he falsely reported that he was a victim the islamic state group, of a hate crime. has died in syria. the charges against the 36—year—old venezuela's power cut crisis continues into a second day star of the tv hip—hop drama, and leaves crucial empire, relate to an alleged services paralysed. the government says its sabotage attack in january. carried out by the oppostion. protests and clashes. venezuela has suffered the worst tens of thousands of algerians blackout in decades, demand an end to the rule with most of the country paralysed by a power cut, of president bouteflikaas‘ plan which the government is calling sabotage. hospitals and food companies have for a fifth term in power. been badly hit and hundreds of passengers are still stranded and international women's day ends in a face—off in istanbul, as police and security forces say at the main international airport. the march was unauthorised. now on bbc news, it's
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time for a look back the baby son of shamima begum — the teenager whojoined the islamic state group — has died in a detention camp in syria. a paramedic told the bbc that the baby, who was about two weeks old and died from a lung infection. she had already lost two babies and had wanted to return to britain, but was stripped of her citizenship. daniel sandford reports. when the bbc first interviewed shamima begum 2.5 weeks ago, she'd just given birth to a baby boy, jerrah. in his short life, he lived in one internment camp and then another. his mother said her two other children had already died at the end of last year. losing my children, the way i lost them, i don't want to lose this baby as well, and this is really not a place to raise children, this camp. now, medical staff in the roj camp where she's living,
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and the local military forces, the sdf, have confirmed to the bbc that her baby died yesterday in a nearby hospital, after having breathing difficulties. he's already been buried. the family are devastated. the family are not surprised. there were concerns about the child's welfare. shamima has lost her food card, she's made that quite clear, and wasn't able to feed herself, let alone the baby. shamima begum's family had asked the home office for help, but the home secretary sajid javid's response was to take away her british citizenship, and the government gave them no assistance in trying to bring her 2—week—old baby boy to the safety of the uk. in a letter sent by the home office this week to shamima begum's sister, renu, an official wrote: but then the official wrote that:
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it was a point sajid javid reinforced today after reports of the baby boy's death first surfaced. the foreign office has been clear for many years, there is no british consulate presence, there's no way that anyone can be helped in any way, including innocent children. this is why it's so dangerous. tonight, labour described the home secretary's decision—making as callous and inhumane. save the children said that more than 60 children, under the age of five, had now died in the camps and called on the uk and other countries to take responsibility for their citizens in north—east syria and take them home. daniel sandford, bbc news. our correspondent quentin sommerville, who interviewed shemima begum is in northern syria, explained just how bad conditions are in the camps. shamima is being kept in one of the better camps, but at the main camp, they are completely overwhelmed. they are running out of blankets, they are running out of tents,
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there is not enough food, and these are dangerous places, full of dangerous women is supporters. in the last few days, in fact, 16,000 people, including children, have arrived at one of the camps here. one of the things that is worth remembering is that the islamic state did not give up — it held on to the last minute, it held onto its supporters, and it held on to its children. when i sanerrah, shamima begum's wee boy, just a couple of weeks ago, he was doing well, but that kid had been through a lot already. the people coming out of there are suffering malnutrition and, as we heard in daniel's report, shamima already lost two babies while inside the islamic state. she came here in search of the perfect islamic family life, she said. well, like much else promised by the islamic state, that turned out to be a lie. let's get some of the day's other news. donald trump is in alabama meeting victims of last weekends tornadoes that left at least 23 people dead. the president and first lady took a helicopter tour of the area before
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going to homes in the especially hard—hit community of beauregard. the former us intelligence analyst, chelsea manning, has beenjailed for refusing to give evidence to a grand jury investigation into wikileaks. manning was arrested in iraq in 2010 after passing on archives of confidential military and diplomatic files to wikileaks. she was sentenced to 35 years in prison, before her sentence was commuted by president obama in 2017. a motherfrom uganda has become the first person to be jailed forfemale genital mutilation in the uk. the 37—year—old woman cut her 3—year—old daughter at the family home in east london in 2017. she's been sentenced to 11 years jail. the judge said it was a barbaric, sickening and premeditated crime. the us actorjussie smollett is facing a series of new charges
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following claims he falsely reported that he was a victim of a hate crime. the former star of the tv show empire has appeared before a grand jury in chicago. chris buckler is with me in washington. just talk us through what new revelations we have learned now? jussie smollett has already been charged with the offence of effectively lying to police, when he said he was attacked, detectives claim not only was he not attacked but they claim he was using it to try to get the salary for his television programme empire increased. since then, the grand jury, their purpose is to look at charges and look at the evidence and decide what charges should actually be brought, they have decided that rather than one charge, they should have 16 offences brought against jussie smollett. they relate to two interviews he gave, one with an
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officer shortly after the alleged assault, and then secondly, with a detective later that day. just to remind you of whatjussie smollett says happened, he says that at the end of january he went out to get says happened, he says that at the end ofjanuary he went out to get a sandwich in the middle of chicago. he says he was approached by two individuals, two men, who started to shout abuse at him. he is a gay african—american actor and he said it was very clear that it was a racist and homophobic attack. he claims they beat him, they put a rope around his neck, and that they shouted," this is maga country", a reference to donald trump's phrase make america great again. the police claim all of this was simply made up, and that's jussie claim all of this was simply made up, and that'sjussie smollett in fa ct up, and that'sjussie smollett in fact paid two people who are extras on the empire programme to carry out this assault. that is very strongly denied byjussie smollett, but it is clear he is now facing 16 charges as opposed to just clear he is now facing 16 charges as opposed tojust one. clear he is now facing 16 charges as opposed to just one. what has the reaction been to that? his lawyer
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has already been on the us television networks, saying that he is going to mount a very aggressive defence. also suggesting that the coverage of this case has not been fairto his coverage of this case has not been fair to his client. he said that as far as he was concerned, the presumption of innocence was being run over roughshod as a result of some of the coverage. but there has been a huge amount of focus on this case, not least becausejussie smollett is one of the country's most famous gay african—american actors, and as things stand he has been written out of the laughter episodes of empire, the series he became famous for, and it is not clear if all when he will return to that programme. —— written out of the last two episodes of empire. tens of thousands of algerians have been taking part in demonstrations once again demanding an end to the rule of president abdelaziz bouteflika. there have been two weeks of unrest prompted by the announcement of mr bouteflika's intention to stand in the coming elections
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and seek a fifth term of office. rana jawad reports. this is probably not what algeria's ruling elite expected. their people continuously taking to the streets, attracting bigger crowds by the day, and bolder messages against them. like this one here, which reads: "if you are not the government that will build algeria, then do not become the government that will destroy it." that message is at the heart of the political uncertainties and economic worries which are driving people to speak out in a country which rarely sees its nationals challenging the ruling country's grip on algeria. translation: i am saying no to the regime. we need a better future for our children. we did not live a good life, but we want our children to live a better life. we want to bring down the regime. the problem is the regime.
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but the regime has so far only given algerians an ailing president who is still undergoing medical checks in switzerland. in a letter on thursday atributed to him, he warned against chaos, of so—called "troublemakers" infiltrating the demonstrations. the ongoing protests that began two weeks ago were sparked by the incumbent president's intention to run in the upcoming elections, despite a stroke in 2013 that left him bound to a wheelchair, rarely making public appearances, and barely able to speak. algeria has since seen its youth, its lawyers and even its journalists take to the streets to express their disbelief at his candidacy. on thursday, prominent members of the opposition and other independent figures met to discuss the protest and their role moving forward. they have long been weakened by the ruling party and also viewed with a degree of suspicion by the public. one speaker there said he didn't want to read on social media that the opposition wants to take over the people's movement. for now, the people appear determined to keep marching, seemingly on a mission to reclaim a country and a future
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of their own design. sarah feuer is a north africa expert and senior fellow at the washington institute for near east policy. shejoins me now from washington. we have had a couple of weeks of these protests now, where do you see it going from here? it is anybody's gas at this point. i think algeria's observers had been waiting to see, first of all, what the numbers would look like in terms of protesters could —— protesters. those numbers have swelled. we were also looking
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to see what the response of law enforcement and the regime or generally would be. so far the responses have clearly not been sufficient to calm the protesters or quell the unrest. so at this point it is anybody's gas. is there any alternative to bouteflika at this point? well, there was, one of the candidates who had been running against him, a former military general, a man named ali ghediri, he was seen as a potential successor, but there are reports is campaign manager has quit and joined the protest. i think generally, the decision to float bouteflika's candidacy again signalled to everybody that the military, business and political elite, this
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kind of opaque group that has been presumably governing the country, they simply could not come to a consensus about a replacement for him. so if we are in a situation where there are protest on the streets that are not been quelled, not being answered, no seeming alternative to the current president, are we in a situation where the military will have to intervene? —— protests. where the military will have to intervene? -- protests. for the time being, the military has indicated, at least implicitly, that it really does not want to intervene. the chief of staff has made statements to the effect that things need to remain stable and secure. this is, again, another big question. i think most people do not expect the military to intervene any time soon, u nless military to intervene any time soon, unless it really starts to see that either the protest is our leading to clashes —— protests our leading to
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clashes, perhaps even violent clashes, perhaps even violent clashes, but if it intervenes it will be very, very reluctantly. thank you very much for your thoughts. we will of course be keeping an eye on those protest in algeria. thank you. -- protests. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: the pilot of a jet which crashed at the shoreham airshow in the uk killing 11 men has been acquitted of their deaths. the numbers of dead and wounded defied belief. this the worst terrorist atrocity on european soil in modern times. in less than 2a hours then, the soviet union lost an elderly sick leader and replaced him with a dynamic figure 20 years his junior. we heard these gunshots in the gym. then he came out through a fire exit and started firing at our huts. god, we were all petrified.
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james earl ray, aged 41, sentenced to 99 years and due for parole when he's 90, travelled from memphis jail to nashville state prison in an eight—car convoy. paul, what's it feel like to be married at last? it feels fine, thank you. what are you going to do now? is it going to change your life much, do you think? i don't know really — i've never been married before. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: it's been confirmed that the child of shamima begum — a british teenager who joined the islamic state group — has died in a detention camp. the american actorjussie smollett faces new charges following claims he falsely reported that he was a victim of a hate crime. the authorities in venezuela are struggling to restore power supplies after a 24—hour blackout.
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on friday afternoon, electricity was restored to parts of the capital caracas and in some eastern states, but latest reports indicate that the power has failed again. the bbc‘s will grant is in caracas. he explained how people were coping with the blackout. it was returned to parts of the city, i think, that is the right way to explain it. and those areas began to look like they were getting back to normal — families were sort of going out in the streets and trying to go to a few shops that were opening. but before you kind of got back to the other end of the city, it was complete darkness again. so it was very, very patchy. reports coming in all the time of areas that were back with electricity being plunged back into darkness again. so if it is coming back, it is coming back in a very, very patchy way. this comes, as you know, in the midst of very, very tense situation between the government of president maduro and the opposition leader,
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juan guaido, who is essentially trying to force mr maduro out of office, and his supporters are too. so president maduro and his administration blame mr guaido, blame the opposition parties, blame washington, for having carried out acts of sabotage on the hydroelectric dam, the main hydroelectric dam which supplies domestic energy consumption in venezuela. they say that the software has been attacked that runs the dam, runs the hydraulic plant, and that that was all —— runs the hydroelectric plant, and that that was all masterminded in washington. of course, this is laughed off by mr guaido, who says all of this is down to economic mismanagement and incompetence on the part of president maduro's government. it has been a very, very difficult 2a hours — over 2a hours now. yes, flights have been grounded. of course, people have not been able to get to work, the public transport system has been collapsing.
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but more importantly, too, two hospitals have been under very great pressure. we spoke to a worker at a hospital who didn't want to give her name, but spoke to us on the condition of anonymity, saying that conditions inside were extremely difficult over the past 2a hours and, in particular, the paediatrics ward was very badly affected and there have apparently been some deaths, so extremely difficult period. grim news for venezuelans on top of what was already an extremely tense and difficult few months. will grant willgrant in will grant in caracas. now, here in the uk, the pilot who crashed during the shoreham airshow four years ago, killing 11 men, has been found not guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence. andrew hill, who's 5a, had been performing a loop when his ex—militaryjet crashed on to a main highway in sussex on the south coast, and then exploded into a fireball. it was the first time that a pilot had been charged with manslaughter following deaths at an air show. our correspondent tom symonds reports.
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the last seconds of andrew hill's flight. what followed was described by one witness as "like a war zone". bleep! the 11 men who died were all on the busy a27 — some to watch the flying, some just passing by. a veteran chauffeur, workmates, friends heading home. daniele polito died not knowing that he would become a father for a second time. he has two little boys that he will never see grow up and they will never have their daddy and it's just so cruel. it's something that could have been avoided — which seems quite obvious that it could have been avoided. it's just caused so much destruction to so many people. jacob schilt and his friend matthew grimstone had been driving to their football club, worthing united, when the plane hit their car.
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from the beginning, you thought "this is absurd," you know, "my son's been killed by a jet fighter at a display". it's just absurd. andrew hill, ex—raf, a british airways captain, has always accepted his flying that day was poor. outside court, he read the names of those who died. i'm truly sorry for the part i played in their deaths and it is they that i will remember for the rest of my life. his cockpit ended up in a field. he was badly injured and, crucially, he had no memory of the flight. no memory of being hundreds of feet too low during the fatal loop. he said he must have been physically affected by something. this is the home of the british aerobatic academy. in the back seat, instructor adrian willis teaches pilots from all over the world. one thing they learn — how to cope with g—force, the extra force on the body in tight turns. he asks me to recite a nursery rhyme while pushing us through 6g — that's six times the earth's
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gravitational pull. humpty dumpty... ..had a great fall. humpty... ..dumpty... all the king's horses... ..all the king's men... ..couldn‘t put humpty together again. now, fighter pilots train for this, but andrew hill is no longer an raf pilot and the verdict was worrying for one victim's family. and we feel that the success of mr hill's defence of cognitive impairment is a worrying precedent and could have far—reaching consequences. the case already has for those flying former militaryjets in airshows. they're operated by companies and charities, and shoreham has raised big questions about safety. this air display team currently can't fly aerobatics in air shows over land. and after years of concentrating
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on protecting the safety of crowds at an air show, now regulators are looking at the risks to people in surrounding areas. at the end of the day, we have to be hugely sympathetic to what happened and due process needs to take place, and we expect that regulations will change. and it's our duty as trustees, custodians of these aircraft, to work within those regulations that are put before us and continue, as best we can, to display these heritage assets to the public. next come the inquests into the 11 deaths. the victims' families say they intend to play a full part. tom symonds, bbc news. all around the world, women and men have demanded better pay, more rights and respect for women on international women's day. but in turkey, marches were marred by violence as thousands of women attempted to push past police to demonstrate in istanbul's taksim square. georgina smyth has the story. tear gas, pepper spray,
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riot police — this was not how international women's day was supposed to end in istanbul. several thousand women were forced to turn around after police said the march was unauthorised and barred them from entering the city's taksim square. that since an attempted coup in 2016, and the turkish authorities have routinely banned marches in downtown istanbul. all yell. they scream, "we do not obey! we do not stop talking! we are not afraid!" noise was also being made in germany, where women called for equal economic opportunities and underlined the need to fight for women's rights. that was echoed in spain, where women demonstrated for lesbian and transsexual rights and danced against the patriarchy. these activists singing that without women, the world stops.
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but among the noisy demonstrations, there was also silence — in portugal's parliament, in respect to women killed through domestic violence. out on the streets, 10,000 nurses marched for better pay and working conditions. equal pay was the message in france, too, where women were told to leave work at 3:40pm — the time that women stop earning as much as their male counterparts in any given day. french women also demonstrated before the saudi embassy in paris, demanding the kingdom release three saudi women's activists. ifeel the embryonic kicking of feminism. and in the uk, the heavily pregnant duchess of sussex told an audience the soon—to—be newest member of the royal family is kicking off feminism. there were small tokens in ukraine and grand gestures from russian astronauts in space, but down on earth, the fight for gender equality continues for another day. georgina smyth, bbc news.
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before we go, i want to bring you this story from the galapagos where scientists have discovered a natural hammerhead shark refuge. about 20 of the endangered sharks were found at the breeding ground off the island of santa cruz. it is the second such refuge detected in the archipelago. the first, found in 2017, had about 30 of the sharks. researchers have attached tracing devices to five of the sharks to monitor the ecosystem they live in. hammerheads grow slowly and are not particularly fertile reproducers which has placed them in danger of extinction. don't forget, you can get in touch with me on twitter at any time. i'm @lvaughanjones. i will be back at the top of the cow. i will be back at the top of the
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cow. goodbye. —— i will be back at the top of the hour. hello. there is lots of weather coming our way this weekend, some rain at times, some snow, too. it'll be windy throughout the weekend. remember when high pressure was in control? it was all quiet? it's well to the south of us now. it's low pressure, the atlantic is in charge of our weather. weather disturbances coming through. briefly milderfor some across southern parts of the uk during saturday, but we're all back into the colder air on sunday on a strong and cold wind. so the weather elements this weekend, it is going to be windy, widely gusts around 40—50 miles an hour. it will feel chilly in the wind. some wet weather at times — not just rain but snow too, but also, we will all get to see sunshine at some stage of the weekend. this is how we're starting the weekend — temperatures at their lowest across northern england, northern ireland and
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scotland. close to freezing in places. wintry showers in scotland. an area of rain and hill snow coming out of northern ireland and running through northern england first thing, so a bit of snow to the pennines out of that. further showers running into northern ireland, across northern england, northern and western scotland on through the day. again, wintry on the hills but there'll also be some decent sunshine. let's take a look at things at 3 o'clock in the afternoon — very strong gusty winds across the far north of scotland and northern isles. a bit of wet weather on and off during the day into orkney. these are the showers running into scotland. again, wintry on the hills. not too many to the east of scotland. there in northern ireland, they should be starting to ease from northern england at this stage of the afternoon. strong gusty winds right across the uk and actually, a fair amount of fine and occasionally sunny weather across the bulk of england and wales, bar the odd passing shower. look at this, though. on through saturday evening, some rain pushing north through a large part of england and wales. a bit of snow in snowdonia, into the peak district. temperatures will be at their lowest the further north you are away from that, and the frost setting in, particularly into scotland, as sunday begins. but it's not a cold night further south where you're seeing the rain.
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all of that has to clear away sunday. it will be a slow process as well. that will take an area of rain and hill snow across the uk during sunday, and that snow in scotland particularly will be falling to relatively low levels, so don't be surprised by that. but the chance of seeing some significant snow piling up in the hills in scotland on sunday but elsewhere, you could see some some sleet and hail out of these showers, but there'll also some sunny spells around too, on what will be a windier and colder—feeling day on sunday. low pressure still in charge, briefly quiet on monday. then tuesday into wednesday, a deep area of low pressure passing just to the north of the uk, making it very windy once again. so a brief lull on monday. it clearly isn't going to last very long. that's your forecast.
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